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Peace agreement: Official hits back at SRP over accords

Peace agreement
A government official yesterday criticised opposition politicians and certain NGOs for reportedly accusing the government of not respecting the Paris Peace Agreements, struck in 1991.

Keo Remy, deputy spokesman for the Press and Quick Reaction Unit at the Council of Ministers. said at a press conference in the capital yesterday the government had successfully followed the Paris Peace Agreements of October 23.

“The United Nations just helped for the national election but the Cambodian government finished the civil war in this country,” he said. “We cut off October 23 from the [holiday] calendar because we have a lot of holidays [already].”

On the 20th anniversary of the accords on Sunday, opposition leader Sam Rainsy said via video from Paris that the ruling party did not respect the Paris Peace Agreements.

The accords, signed by 18 countries including Cambodia, ushered in the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia and the contentious 1993 UN-monitored elections.

“The government controls the power by himself as soldier, police and court system, so it’s different to the Paris Peace Agreement,” SRP lawmaker Son Chhay said.

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